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Modena

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182 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Modena presents Italian-inspired cuisine that takes heavy cues from seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients. Modena balances classic cuisine with a modern approach, all enhanced by Chef John Melfi’s passionate and creative touch.

Everyone who visits Modena will want to partake in the platter of antipasti served family-style with three to six selections available daily until they run out. Items will range from chilled Octopus Salad, Artichoke Scafata, Marinated Peppers, and other local seasonal items like fresh beets. One will explore Pasta Fagioli with pipe pasta, local Coco Rubio beans and Piennolo tomatoes, a dish from Melfi’s grandmother’s collection. Our trolley will return in 2021!

For a sweet ending, Amaretti cookies will be offered as they are a mainstay throughout Italy and a wonderful finish to the meal.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 182 people are saying
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4.6
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Sandra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian and Victor were both great and really attentive! Fabulous food and service and excellent wine recommendation by Brian. Can’t wait to return!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff was wonderful- manager checked in on us multiple times, but the food was just a little too fancy for our style.

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vipGr8champagne
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modena's service will catch your attention, but the food with fresh ingredients will force you to return. Starting with the bread, which is grinded, prepared, and cooked each day. The grilled octopus was cooked to perfection, and my wife, who doesn't eat much enjoyed the seafood pasta as an appitizer. The short ribs were not only tender, but packed a flavorful punch which ensures we shall return. Many restaurants don't retain s Sommelier one during COVID-19, but I'm glad Modena does. I'm not familiar with Italian wines, so the Sommelier took the time to suggest a few similar to my French and American wine taste. It was our Anniversiary and it was the best choice we made to enjoy our 21st.

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carli70
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always. Patio sitting and ambience was very nice, and we enjoyed a beautiful summer dinner. The service was great and they respect all the Covid protocols

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Such a pleasure to have you!

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FowlerK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent choice. Loved the atmosphere and food! Great!

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so kindly for the feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, can’t wait to come back

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

We were quite happy to serve you, can't wait to see you again!

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VeliM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All I can say is WOW!!!
GREAT by the book service!
Place looks fantastic.
Food taste and presentation amazing.

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vipDiscerningDiner
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with excellent service. It is a real treat!

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Such kind words, we appreciate it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The food and drinks were amazing. Overall an incredible experience.

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and everything was so flavorful! Even their salads had lots of care and attention. The staff was pleasant, friendly and attentive. They were eager to help and provide anything I needed. It was truly what a dining out experience should be!

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vipPeterW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful new decor. Plenty of table spacing given Covid 19. The staff all had color coordinated masks and gloves. Our server Petra was knowledgeable, efficient and extra pleasant. She helped us make our selections and was spot on. The mousse appetizer and the tortellini entree were standouts but every dish was delicious. Almost forgot the gnocchi was fabulous.

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AfresiF
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience here was so amazing that I plan on going again next week. The chef seasoned everything to perfection and the plates were so beautiful. It’s more than a place to eat. It’s an experience.

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vipMichaelaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, service and plating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I came for restaurant week to try something new. Overall the experience was great. The server was very informative and stirred us in the right direction. Over all great staff and amazing food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two friends and I decided to go out for a nice Friday night dinner for the first time since the pandemic and we were not disappointed. Modena had taken all the social distancing safety precautions, they made us feel incredibly safe while dining. We decided to dine outside (there’s tons of umbrellas even if it starts to rain) but I wouldn’t dismiss to actually dine inside at Modena after seeing the lengths they’ve gone through to make their diners feel comfortable. All servers, food runners and bussers wore masks and gloves and tried to distance themselves when picking up our plates etc.

The food was absolutely out of this world and the chef even came to chat with us (he wearing a mask and keeping his distance, this was very much appreciated). The service was incredible, not only was the server Hoshang (spelling?) incredibly knowledgeable and made some great recommendations, he also made sure that we were well taken care of. The highlight of the night came from their sommelier Dwight (who’s also one of their managers). Per our servers recommendation we decided to entrust Dwight with our beverage choices for each one of our courses and he was spot on every single time. He started out by asking us what our usual beverage preferences would be and then served us wine in accordance with not only our meals but our individual wine preferences. The wine selection is five stars all around!

We found out that they’d be open for restaurant week and my friends and I are already planning to individually get delivery for either lunch or dinner, if not both, and we’ve been sharing that with as many people as we know.

P.S. I would recommend the tiramisu or the pan a cotta for dessert!! And please, always order their salmon raviolo and melon salad!

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vipsidhe7
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they are back! Service and food were impeccable. New expanded patio is great. Chef John came out to the table and really made our night.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Loved the food, the service was amazing and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipGPVDinner
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, great food and incredible service. Can’t wait to return

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vipNildaG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here was very fresh and many items made in-house made it particularly tasty. Loved the service and simplicity but thoughtfulness of the food pairings and presentation. I am looking forward to going back again for dinner next time.

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LSW20
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was decent, but the venue was very pretty. Definitely a nice place to go out to, but not enough to rave about personally.

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vipMichael
Columbus
69 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just average food and service

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AMEF
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian restaurant with well thought out dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Overpriced food for what you get. Pizza, which we had to ask them to prepare for us during dinner when it’s only on the lunch menu, was the only food with flavor. Both pastas we ordered were tasteless or left a bad taste of clams. Overall, a waste of money.

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AlanL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cooking but could use a bigger lunch menu. And for people who don’t eat pork, mor non-pork meat or pasta dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The wine was spectacular! A lot of great options, the beverage director Dwight did a spectacular job!

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AlexisS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with 12 people. Food was amazing and service was great!

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TimB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Italian. Best service. Go there soon. Excellent wine selection.

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vipkitty2235
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

All good except pork which arrived as a pork chop NOT from absuckling pig. Exttremely over priced and not as described. VERY disappointing & offensively priced.

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Sunsfan
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Salads and first courses might be much smaller and more reasonably priced.

Good wine list. Quiet for dinner; easy to talk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great meal. Everyone and everything was wonderful!

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vipmomster
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I wish I could give 3.5 stars. The food was fine, but I was expecting better. The grilled artichokes were quite tasty, with a good texture. However, the carbonara, while fine, had pasta that was just meh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinner with amazing service!

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vipMaryAnnC
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lovely meal. The food is excellent especially the tuna crudo! Can't wait to go back.

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BarbaraK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone tried to win the “nice” award. John was a star, even planting himself on the corner in frigid weather to hail a taxi for me. Great place. I’d go again.

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vipRpotato
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Modena, and we were pleasantly surprised. Charming and engaging wait staff, delicious food, beautiful atmosphere... it was a lovely experience. We were seeing a film at Galleryplace so dined on the earlier side and it was pretty quiet when we arrived. Had two delicious apps, the burrata and the grilled octopus. Tiny basket of fresh bread was also scrumptious. For primi, we had clam spaghetti (yum!), and for secondi, lamb (yum yum!!). We didn't have dessert but server snuck us some delicious tiny almond cookies that were heavenly. I really loved the modern twist on classic Italian dishes and look forward to coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing I could find to criticize. Absolutely perfect! Worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Modena was delicious. My girlfriend and I went on Valentine’s Day, so we had the preset menu. I ordered the salmon “raviolo”, the filet mignon, and the pear & lemon tart.
The salmon “raviolo” was ok. Honestly, I decided to go out of my comfort zone, and it’s not really what I was expecting. If it’s something you generally like however, I’m sure you would have found it superb.
They were out of the filet mignon, so I decided on the bison, at the servers recommendation. I’m glad I did, because it was cooked perfectly, and the sauces were to die for. Absolutely delicious.
The pear & lemon tart was the perfect finish. It was light and favorable. The perfect balance of sweet and tart.
My girlfriend had the tortellini, the lobster, and the bombolini. I tried each, and they were all delicious as well.

The service was a little slow. We arrived at 9:15 and didn’t leave until around 11. I understand not wanting to rush us, and appreciate that, but we aren’t from DC and had an hour drive home. Also, we were sitting around between courses waiting, when by that time the restaurant was half empty. However the waitress had great recommendations and was friendly enough.

I would absolutely recommend this place for a date night or special occasion, because it’s a little expensive. But if you can afford it, definitely go. It’s worth every penny.

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vipSMSDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular in every way! Every course was full of flavor and creativity - can't wait to go back!

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vipFoodInvestigator
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melfi is an amazingly talented chef and artist. He leads a team of true professionals. A dinner there is always a treat! AMAZING!

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vipTennisace
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena is a gem. Fit for foodies. All of the courses we tried were delicious, with great ingredients and skilled preparation. Their pasta is not only home made, they also grind their own flour! And the sauces had wonderful herbs adding aroma and flavors. A trio of appetizers we tried was wonderful. The seafood and bolognese were outstanding, as was a pear tart for dessert. Our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly without being obtrusive. Overall, even better than some of the very good reviews we have seen in print.

FAQs

Modena does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Modena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 216-9550.

Modena is rated 4.6 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

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